OXM UK writes: "You have no idea how much a chainsaw matters until you've played Gears of War 2. It's always there and always reliable, whether you're slicing through giant pulsating hearts or doing lobotomies on Locust grubs.
In fact, there don't seem to be many occasions where the screen isn't completely dripping with blood. This game doesn't know the meaning of restraint. If it did, it would probably chainsaw that too.
Fanboys will love the fact that only one of a multitude of story arcs is concluded; everyone else will feel slightly unfulfilled. But aside from this, Gears 2 is not just the most exhilarating game you'll play this year, but possibly the most heady and downright shocking piece of entertainment full stop.
Hollywood, your days are numbered. Our only suggestion is that Epic Games takes some Ritalin before starting Gears of War 3; otherwise there's a very real possibility that the excitement is going to kill us."